Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo
Just my perspective here: though I normally eat vegan, this is one occasion where I could potentially make an exception, depending on the circumstances.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
I remember abroad when refusal to eat what was offered by the host could be interpreted as highly offensive. In China, I was invited at a business banquet on many occations, but I'll recount one somewhat typical instance here. As a strict teetotaller, I'd refuse the host's rice wine, which itself could take a few minutes of explaining before the host would acquiesce and no longer push alcohol on me. Then came all the food, some relatively expensive, just to please me. Well, seeing that I'd already turned down the alcohol turning down the food, which could include anything from dog to raw fish to deep-fried silkworm and some other thing that looked like deep fried cockroach, or even smelly tofu (that's what it's called, and for good reason), could be construed as an outright snubbing of my host, I'd give the smelly tofu my honest effort at a swallow without gagging. Besides, no animal was hurt in its production anyway.
When it would come to the meat, if my host insisted, I might make an exception and eat it for his sake as a sign of freindship, considering that he might already not have taken too kindly to my refusal to drink alcohol. It's called diplomacy.
And as far as I'm concerned, there is no difference between killing a seal and killing an ox. So if I were in the GG's...
Sure, when you're in another country, you may have to eat some odd looking food to get a business deal, and get stinking drunk too in the deal, not a bad tradeoff sometimes. Especially when the host pays.
It's all theatre and free vittles. I eat meat and I won't be stopping anytime soon, although I wish they would take farm animals off drugs.
I read today in the Metro newspaper that a UBC prof Lawrence Berg says criticism of this seal snack is "unwarranted". I find this offensive and politically correct by stifling free speech. He implies critics are bigots and colonials, gee, how out of touch. You're allowed to be offended and state your opinion.
Personally I was repulsed at first by the sight of this, eating offal, yuck, raw, double yuck. But we cook birds and carve them up on a table and show the insides. So people can carve a seal and eat it on the floor, more power to them, but not in my table, or floor.